Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip

Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Three Years for MSc, Two Years for PGDip

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Our postgraduate Dental Implantology course provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Students can choose to study for an MSc or a PGDip.

Dental Implantology aims to develop a critical understanding and the ability to evaluate the clinical theory, practice and associated research applied to the practice of dental implantology as a mode of referred treatment. Our postgraduate course will provide you with the opportunities to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the provision of dental implantology within the primary care setting. This course focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

The Dental Implantology programme is also taught abroad in Malaysia, contact us for more information

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
  • Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
  • Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.

Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.


Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Clinical Knowledge for Dental Implantology (20 credits)

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the  clinical application of knowledge, understanding and demonstrations of skills in:

  • Treatment Planning for Restorative Dentistry
  • Introduction to Clinical Photography
  • Occlusion in Implant Dentistry
  • Introduction to the replacement of missing teeth
  • Analysis of mounted casts
  • Principles of osseo-integration and Bone/Implant interface
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Oral Surgical techniques (flap design and suturing)
  • Treatment planning for implant supported restorations
  • Implant design and principles and practice of implant surgery
  • Principles of GBR
  • Design and fabrication of a surgical stent for implant placement
  • Principles and practice of implant surgery
  • Bone defects
  • Guided Bone Regeneration

Clinical Skills for Dental Implantology (20 credits)

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the clinical application of knowledge, understanding and demonstrations of skills in:

  • Detailed patient assessment
  • Appropriate use of diagnostic aids, including imaging
  • Management of occlusion in implant dentistry
  • Patient counselling, with regard to alternative treatment options, education of patient to risks and benefits of dental implant treatment
  • Surgery set-up for implant dentistry
  • Implant placement and restoration in the skills laboratory

Appraising the Scientific Literature (20 credits)

The syllabus aims to develop students’ skills in appraising scientific literature to support their decision-making and professional development. Students will learn how to develop research questions to generate appropriate knowledge, how different research designs are used to answer different research questions, understand the key threats to robust quantitative and qualitative research, and how to appraise existing studies in their area of professional interest.

The syllabus content is as follows:

  • Developing a research question Identifying and researching a problem; moving from problem to question; focusing the research question; from question to appropriate study design
  • Quantitative study designs Experimental and observational human participant designs; association – causation; bias, confounding and chance; outcome measures; reporting findings.
  • Appraising experimental and observational studies bias, critical appraisal, critical appraisal checklists, assessing risk of bias and risk of bias tools
  • Qualitative study designs Interviews, focus groups, and observations; positionality and reflexivity; qualitative data analysis and reporting findings;
  • Appraising qualitative study designs; credibility, transferability, dependability, trustworthiness;
  • Ethical issues in clinical and healthcare related research   Ethical principles; gaining ethical approval and dealing with situational ethics

Year 2

Clinical Practice of Dental Implantology (60 credits)

The syllabus aims to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year, for the safe and appropriate delivery of Dental Implant treatment within a primary dental care environment.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • Thorough patient assessment
  • Developing appropriate treatment options
  • Good communication of these options with appropriate reference to the evidence base
  • Provision of dental implant treatment procedures at an appropriate level of complexity and with high levels of care


Year 3

Research Project (60 credits)

The Research Project is the central component of the final year of the Masters programme. Students will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of an appropriate and manageable mini-systematic review on a topic of professional interest.  Student will cover the following key areas:

  • Developing a focused review question
  • Designing systematic searches
  • Using tools to appraise the methodological quality and biases in experimental and observational studies
  • Using tools to appraise research processes and findings in qualitative studies
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Scientific writing
  • Presentation of research findings 

The project will be written up in the agreed Master’s degree format. Students will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in specialty related journal. This will provide the student an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.

The Course will also provide you with over 300 Verifiable CPD Hours which link to the GDC Development Outcomes as follows:

Year 1 – A, C & D

Year 2 – A, B , C & D

Year 3 - C

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice event taking place on 10 April 2019

Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Postgraduate Advice Events

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 2pm
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019 2pm
  • Sunday 23rd June 2019 10 am (part of Wider University Open Day)
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 10 am

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During the course (two years PgDip; three years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 20 study / assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the adjacent UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise lectures, presentations and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within the UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though lectures, presentations, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 10 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.



• Thorough case assessment and record taking
• Treatment planning and case selection
• Implant placement in Straightforward and some Advanced cases
• Guided bone regeneration techniques
• Restoration of implants
• Prevention and management of complications

Assessments and examinations are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and treatment planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, mini clinical examinations and essays, in addition to continuous monitoring of your clinical performance.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 - £8,675 (UK/EU); Year 2 - £16,500 (UK/EU); Year 3 (UK/EU) - £7,150

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts.

UCLan Dental Clinic

Phantom Head Facility

Postgraduate Dentistry Gallery